Welcome to Chicago!
Hi! Welcome to the Children's Public Transit Wallet Card page for Chicago.
Chicago is a city in the state of Illinois, in the United States of America.
In Chicago, locals call their transit system "the L" because the train is elevated and runs on an structure above the roadways. It is run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
On an average weekday, 1.7 million rides are taken on CTA. It runs over a total of 224.1 miles (360.7 km) of track. CTA trains make about 2,250 trips each day and serve 146 stations.
- Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people.
- Nearly 40 million people visit Chicago annually.
- For the six-county area, the 5 most common languages after English are Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Tagalog and Chinese.
- The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backward.
- There are many battling pizzerias that claim they have the best deep-dish pizza in Chicago, the top three are Giordano's, Lou Malnati's and Peduod's.
- Chicago is home to Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the world’s last free zoos.
- The Twinkie was invented in Chicago in 1930.
- In 2009, the Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower, but the majority of Chicago residents still refuse to call it by its new name.
CHICAGO ATTRACTIONS (just some of the favorites!):
Visiting Chicago with Kids?
Check out the popular site, http://www.chicagokids.com/ for ideas year round.
THE TRANSIT CARD
As of September 2015, the single ride paper ticket is $3.00. Locals buy Ventra cards for single use or a debit-style reloadable card for rides too.